Parliament invites memoranda on “shabby” treatment at foreign embassies

 Prof. Mike Oquaye, Speaker of Parliament

Prof. Mike Oquaye, Speaker of Parliament

Parliament is inviting memoranda from the public on ‘shabby’ treatments meted out to them during visa application processes by foreign embassies in the country.


To be channelled through the Clerk of the Foreign Affairs Committee on or before December 8, 2017, the invitation is also extended to Ghanaian residents abroad.


The invitation follows a directive given by the Speaker of the House, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, on October 25, 2017, to the Foreign Affairs Committee to liaise with his office to enquire into alleged maltreatments meted out to Ghanaian visa applicants.


Prof. Oquaye’s directive was occasioned by a statement made on the floor by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, North Tongu MP and the Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee calling the attention to what he said were dehumanising treatments Ghanaian visa applicants are subjected to by some embassies.


A statement issued by the Committee on Friday said the expected memoranda may relate to a personal experience or on a matter within the personal knowledge of that member, including suggestions or recommendations towards improving the process.


Frank Annor-Dompreh, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwah, in a joint interview with journalists on Friday urged Ghanaian visa applicants to come forth with their experiences at the hands of the embassies.


This experience-sharing exercise, Frank Annoh-Dompreh said will enable the committee to undertake investigations into the concerns that may have been raised in the memos.


Mr Annor-Dompreh, MP, Nsawam-Adoagyiri, said the Committee was working with the Foreign Affairs Ministry to ensure that all sides in the matter were treated fairly and called on Civil Society Groups in the country to assist the committee in its work with their inputs.


Mr Ablakwa on his part, said the work of the Committee was about the dignity of the Ghanaian and not an attempt to target any particular mission.


He said the rights of Ghanaians needed to be protected at all times and that the House, through the Committee will do all within its might to ensure the reported abuses by the foreign missions were addressed.




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